Materials processing strategies for colloidal quantum dot solar cells: advances, present-day limitations, and pathways to improvement

Graham H. Carey, Kang Wei Chou, Buyi Yan, Ahmad R. Kirmani, Aram Amassian, Edward H. Sargent

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Abstract

Colloidal quantum dot photovoltaic devices have improved from initial, sub-1% solar power conversion efficiency to current record performance of over 7%. Rapid advances in materials processing and device physics have driven this impressive performance progress. The highest-efficiency approaches rely on a fabrication process that starts with nanocrystals in solution, initially capped with long organic molecules. This solution is deposited and the resultant film is treated using a solution containing a second, shorter capping ligand, leading to a cross-linked, non-redispersible, and dense layer. This procedure is repeated, leading to the widely employed layer-by-layer solid-state ligand exchange. We will review the properties and features of this process, and will also discuss innovative pathways to creating even higher-performing films and photovoltaic devices.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-90
Number of pages8
JournalMRS Communications
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 13 2013

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUS-11-009-21
Acknowledgements: This publication is based, in part, on work supported by Award KUS-11-009-21, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), by the Ontario Research Fund Research Excellence Program, and by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. G. H. C. acknowledges the financial support of the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship program.

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